MY DOG STUPID, the main novella in this 2 story collection, is one of my favourite pieces of writing of all time. I'm forever grateful that I read Bukowski, and listened to his recordings, wherein he recommended Fante, one of the greatest and most under-rated authors of the 20th century.
In a single line, with such sparse and simple prose, Fante conveys a degree of power and feeling that most can not convey in a whole page, a chapter, or for many not an entire book.
The desperately sad conclusion of MY DOG STUPID ranks amongst the most vivid portrayals of a family lost to itself that you will ever read.
Like so many ahead of their time, so little credit was ever given to him whilst he was alive. Only in his final years, and after his death, did Fante begin to gain his most assuredly deserved reputation, thanks to Bukowski and Black Sparrow publisher John Martin. Credit to them for preserving and distributing a unique and groundbreaking voice.